Ella J. Sheldon


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-ing [over] up the sides by the aid of boathooks as ropes, they were agile as cats and dressed in skin tight garments of dark color with hieroglyphics in white on their backs. Whether their [pants] neither garments are considered pants as stockings or tights I have not yet discovered. But they fit like “paper on [de] [valls]” and their wearers looks as though they had escaped from a circus minus a change of clothing. Soldierly looking customs officers came on board and remained with us. The mail was taken off, then the passengers and their luggage. We lost them all excepting some Englishmen and the missionary family for Siam. The man from California had prema-


-turely celebrated his landing and had to be put to bed and sent off next morning. We heard coming home that he distinguished himself in Yokohama. I shall never forget the [the] first sunset I saw in Japan. [It was one of those gorgeous red winter skies and] As old soll disappeared behind Fugiami [Fujinami] his royal robes of crimson trailed far behind him producing one of those gorgeous red winter skies, only seen in winter seasons, and until the moon was well up the crimson glow still marked the place of [solls] departure.

The coal barges [came] alongside and all night the shouts of natives and the rattle of coal down the shots filled

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Women, travel, steamship, ocean, stewardess, diary, history, journal, Hong Kong, Yokohama, China